Embraer studying return to turboprop market

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Embraer is "seriously studying the possibility of a return to turboprop manufacture" according to president of Embraer Aviation Europe, Luiz Fuchs.

Speaking at French Connect 2012 in Paris he said that studies were being undertaken given that the regional jet market was tending towards larger 100-150 seat aircraft.

Embraer's vice-president of commercial aviation Europe, Simon Newitt says to Flightglobal Pro: "It's fair to say that we're an aircraft manufacturer andwe wouldn't be doing our job if we weren't looking at the broad picture to see where opportunities could arise."

He says that Embraer is "in study mode, it's on our radar like many other things". However Newitt says questions remain on whether the turboprop market is big enough to sustain a third manufacturer.

"Typically speaking when the fuel price is so high, everyone starts focusing on turboprops, when fuel price drops, turboprops become a niche programme," he says.